Discovery’s animal-friendly channel Animal Planet calls itself “Surprisingly Human”, but pretty soon we’ll be able to call it “Surprisingly Delicious” as well. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the cable network is throwing its hat into the food programming ring with “Sweet Avenger”, a show about vegan baker Danielle Konya.
Konya is the owner and founder of Vegan Treats, a Pennsylvania-based vegan bakery that has earned the admiration of Hollywood vegans like Joan Jett and Alicia Silverstone. The 36-year-old baker is a fierce animal rights activist, and hopes to spread her message through her confections and through the show: “I want to show people that by eating a vegan confection, you’re directly saving the lives of cows, chickens and thereby the environment and habitats of thousands of other exotic species,” Konya says.
One look at Konya tells you that she’s tough enough to be serious about her cause: her dark hair is shocked with platinum streaks and her chest and right arm are covered in ornate tattoos. If that doesn’t convince you of her toughness, a look at her personal life will: Konya is not only a businesswoman and activist, she’s also a single mother raising an adopted daughter. The show will focus not only on Konya’s activism, but also on her personal life…so it will be more serious and less fluffy than other pastry-based shows like “Ace of Cakes” or “Cake Boss”.
Animal Planet has struck gold before with its reality program “Whale Wars”, and recently added “Taking on Tyson” which centers on Mike Tyson’s foray into pigeon racing. Between these three programs, Animal Planet should have a packed lineup of animal-centric shows providing three very different approaches from animal lovers to animal activism.
Animal Planet has ordered 12 episodes of “Sweet Avenger” and will likely air the episodes in the fall.